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Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Bendigo, Victoria

The origins of the Bendigo Sub Branch go back to 1916. The splendid building that houses the Museums collection was completed in 1921 by public subscription, a fitting tribute to the AIF. The RSL was granted tenure of occupancy from that day.The Museums beginning dates back to 1996 and was finally opened to the public in Feb 1998. The collection at present covers from the Boer War to Iraq, medals, diaries, weapons, uniforms, personnel effects, trench art, a library and the Grinton collection "A Camera on the Somme". Such is the collection that we are now rotating items of memorabilia.

Contact Information

location
P.O.Box 42 Long Gully Victoria 3550
phone
+61 (03) 5442 4513

Contact

Opening Hours

Open 10am to 4pm Closed some public holidays

Entry Fee

Adult $6, Conc $5, Students $4, Family $15

Location

37 - 39 Pall Mall Bendigo Victoria

To collect, conserve, communicate and commemorate central Victoria’s contribution and experience in military conflict and peacekeeping from colonial to the present day. Combining the Bendigo District RSL Sub-branch Inc and the Passchendaele Barracks Trust collections.

vern sinclair 13 January 2019 11:26 AM

Extremely disappointed with my recent visit.. No longer have we a great collection of military history on display anymore.museum looks more like an art gallery.Total waste of money on refurbishment as is.CURATOR please restore museum to former standard.Will not be recommended to any visitors.TOTALLY DISGUSTED...

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BADGE - SCOTTISH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Badge, Brass, pressed metal, deers head over crown , scroll and flowers each side, 2 X lugs on rear for uniform attachment

Historical information

Item souvenired by Edwin James Jones No 3511 AIF. Refer 1367.5 for his service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

" By Dand"

WALLET & PHOTOGRAPHS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Australian Comforts Fund Wallet. Bi-fold wallet, black leather, two pockets inside, two sepia photographs. .1) Man standing in garden (in uniform). .2) Two people standing on a dirt road.

Historical information

Wilfred Davis Stanley BURNS No 56 enlisted in the AIF in HQ 1st Aust Division Provost Corp on 15.9.1914 age 21 years 9 months. Embark for Egypt 21.10.1914, landed Gallipoli 25.4.1915 and returned to Egypt 27.7.1915, posted to Anzac Police Corp 3.4.1916, promoted Cpl 22.5.1916, embark for England 3.8.1916, hospital 27.9.1916 (unclear), promoted Sgt 1.8.1918, discharged from the AIF 5.11.1919.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photos. .1) "Tom in Garden at Kings Log Cabin, Marysville 1940". .2) "A picture no artist can paint, Marysville DEC 1940". On the wallet. “Australian Comforts Fund 1914 - 1918 Victorian Division No 56 W.D.S.Burns Provost Corps”

PHOTOGRAPH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Sepia photo of troops on parade in camp area. Mounted on hard dark grey cardboard.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: Taken APRIL 1915

BOOK - The Trusty One

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Soft cover. Front cove has photo of lighthouse with ocean background. Back cover has picture of author.

Historical information

Piece of paper inserted before title page "Two (2) letters wri... Two letters sent to parents, sisters and brothers by Noel Edwards of the AIF, June 22nd 1915. Killed in action 8th August 1915."

Inscriptions & Markings

On title page "To Bendigo RSL 1987 with heartiest good wishes of the author Harold RG Edwards"

RATIONS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Foodstuffs - part of a 1 man 24 hr ration pack. .1) & .2) Metal cylindrical tins of Kraft Processed Cheddar Cheese, 56 g net. .3) Packet, dark green paper containing instant noodles. .4) Packet, dark green paper containing muesli bars. .5) Packet, dark green paper containing survival biscuit. .6) Packet, mid green paper containing army chocolate. .7) Packet, fawn paper containing salt. .8) Packet, clear cellophane containing sugar. .9) & .10) Tea bags with label & string. .11) Foil paper wrap of lollies.

UNIFORM PATCHES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Red cotton patch with yellow print, crossed sword under Rising Sun symbol, Roman numerals. .2) Red woollen curved shoulder patch with white print. Australian Military Forces. .3) Oval uniform patch, 1st 38 Battalion, red & blue. .4) 2nd 38 Battalion, woollen red & blue on grey oval background.

Historical information

Label in packet: Royal Australian Infantry.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) Australian Military Forces; III. .2) Northern Victorian Regiment.

MEMORIAL SCROLL, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Gold-framed Memorial Scroll with burgundy background.

Historical information

Memorial Scroll for L.W. Telford, 12 MGC, A.I.F. These scrolls were issued to wives, families of servicemen who never returned from the war. Refer 157.2 medals for service history, 158.2 plaque, 159P.

Inscriptions & Markings

In red writing at bottom of scroll - Pte Leonard William Telford 12 M.G.C. A.I.F

BADGES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Badge, metal, diamond shape, grey outer with red over white diamond centre. .2) Badge, metal, diamond shape, grey outer, red diamond centre with possible purple rectangular shape centre. .3) Badge, metal, oval shape, grey outer with oval purple over red centre. .4) Badge, metal, Maltese Cross style with centre laurel wreath & RAF centre.

Historical information

Items relate to the HEWSTON Family WWI & WWII. .1), .3) are Association Badges. .2) This is a 13th Australian General Hospital badge. .4) At this point unknown.

POSTCARD, PHOTOGRAPHIC

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Rectangular postcard, photo of WWI Soldier.

Historical information

Lex Brown, 27.3.1918 Possibly New Zealand Serviceman

BOOK - With the Australians in Korea

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Hard cardboard cover, buckram mid green. Gold print on spine. 294 cut, plain, being pages. Illustrated black / white / colour photos & maps. Illustrated with soldiers on patrol on end papers in green / cream.

BOOK - New Testament.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Book, New Testament at the top with a crown over GvR underneath.

Historical information

Belonged to Harry Atkin No VX21935 2nd AIF. Refer 1079P for his service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

“H Atkin VX21935”

FAN

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Japanese hand held an (folding type) made from paper and bamboo

Historical information

Item souvenired by Leslie John Kupke No VX93892 2nd AIF. Refer 2054.2 for his service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Japanese writing on one side. Rising Sun on the other

PHOTOGRAPHS, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

DeAruago

BOOK - Demobilization Procedure.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Demobilisation Procedure Book AAB 87 No 441422 re H Atkin.

Historical information

Harry Atkin VX21935 2nd AIF. Refer 1079P for his service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

“VX21935 Atkin Harry, 66 Honeysuckle St Bendigo, 27.11.45”

CARDS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Brown post card of lady holding flowers. .2) Cream greeting card with red & blue border with gold coloured Rising Sun. .3) Cream greeting card with coloured illustration of a man on a horse.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) Printing: Souvenir from France Handwriting: To Maude form N Graham .2) Printing: Wish Best Wishes for a Bright & Happy Christmas Handwriting: To all at Minmindie with best Xmas wishes .3) Handwriting: To Maude with sincere good wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Bright & Happy New Year From her old teacher N Graham

UNIFORM

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Jacket .2) Pants .3) Belt (appears not to fit keepers on Jacket, see 256.1).

Historical information

Uniform belonged to Kenneth Frederick BAWDEN No 250882 RAAF. Refer Cat No 213.109P for his service details.

BOOK - Claim for Special Allowance to Ex-Prisoners of War 1939-45.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Historical information

The book belonged to George Llewellyn Thomas VX58918 2nd AIF, POW. Refer 1075 for service history also 1073.2, 1074P.

BOOK - Wimmera - Mallee Volunteers To The Boer War 1899 - 1902

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Book, soft cardboard cover, brown colour print on front & spine, sepia colour photographs of soldier in uniform - CORPORAL JOHN LIVINGSTON on light grey background.

Inscriptions & Markings

Black ink stamp front flyleaf, contents, book cover inside: RSL Stamp

BOOKLETS - The Bystander's Fragments from France

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) 6 pages stapled together from 2nd edition of above book. .2) 11 pages from 1st edition of above book printed in greenish ink.

Historical information

See also Reg No 3477. Part of the HEWSTON collection re WW1 & WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) Printed bottom in centre: In the Support Trench Printed bottom L: Bruce Bairnsfather .2) Printed bottom in centre: Still Keeping His Hand In Printed bottom L: Bruce Bairnsfather

RECORDS OF SERVICE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) "Record of Service Book AAB83" re VX109839 CFN Allen K.W. Brown covered cardboard, black printing, individual details hand written in ink. .2) "Demobilization Procedure Book AAB87 No 343215" re VX109839 CFN Allen, Kingsley William. Brown covered, black printing, individual details hand written in ink.

Historical information

K.W. Allen VX109839 2nd AIF. Refer 2192.4 medals and Service history also 2193, 2195P.

BADGE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Yellow metal badge imprinted with Rising Sun motif & printing. Crown on top.

Historical information

Returned from Active Service No 187814, William J HUMPHREY 46 Battalion AIF.

Inscriptions & Markings

Around edge: ISSUED BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE RETURNED FROM ACTIVE SERVICE Inside circle: AUSTRALIAN MILITARY FORCES AIF

LETTER & ENVELOPE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Letter from King George V to Sgt RJ Suggett at wars end. Dated 1918. Folds in half. .2)Envelope for letter.

Historical information

Robert John Suggett No 378, 38th Batt and 3rd Div HQ. Refer 1647.4 for his service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

.2) “A message to you from the King, ——papers, Sgt RJ Suggett 3rd DHQ”

BELT, LEATHER

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Belt, brown leather with metal buckle front, 3 flap top press stud pockets along belt, Service Corp Badge & US Badge attached to front.

Inscriptions & Markings

In gold lettering under one pocket flat: 1-JAH V246172

BELT

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Navy blue felt uniform belt with metal buckle.

Historical information

Hat bands, epaulettes & uniform belt of Clarence William SEWELL No 32094 RAAF.

BOOK - The Burma Thailand Railway 1942 - 1943

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Soft cover book, 34 pages, background on cover black & white photo of railway. Small inset of picture of drawing of men working underground excavating a cutter.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on title page in pen: Donated by Bgo YMCA

SEWING KIT

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.3) Thimble-black plastic .2) Thread-navy, white & khaki .1) Case-khaki, cloth roll containing darning threads

UNIFORM

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Army items .1) Shirt .2) Belt .3) / .4) Gaiters

Historical information

Items issued to Wayne Forbes 3176337 1 Field Sqd RAE. Refer 754 for service history also 2586.

BOOK - MI5

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Black, buckram hard cover, gold title on spine. Black dust cover with white lettering, contents description on back. 192 pages cut edges - illustrated.

Inscriptions & Markings

Donated by Bendigo Y Mens Club on front end page.

BADGES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Badge, brass, curved shape, letters "Gordons" .2) Badge, brass, curved shape, letter "Rhodesia" .3) Badge, brass, represents 3 x rank stripes

TRENCH ART

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Trench Art. Female figure on map of New Guinea with raised arm holding aloft a model aeroplane. .2) Attached to a wooden lacquered base. The figure and plane are made from aluminium.

Historical information

Aeroplane model depicts a "P38 Lightning". Belonged to Frederick George CROSBIE VX52187, enlisted in the 2nd AIF on 26.3.1941 age 22 years. At discharge from the Army on 19.12.1945 he held the rank of Pte in the 2/6 Batt AIF.

Inscriptions & Markings

Map is inscribed "Greetings from New Guinea 1945".